Initial Descent: August 12 – 18, 2018

Trappist
Trappist – photo courtesy of Paul Lee

We are in the throes of a new week, like it or not. No need to get all bent out of the frame though, Monday means it’s time for new metal and for another week of showcasing some of it. Plus we’re on the downhill slide of the year and if the first half was any indication, the second half should be a knockout finish. Speaking of, we begin the week with a four pack of treats. Carry on…

We like beer and so does Trappist, who in the span of 21 tracks in 33 minutes, rip with crusty d-beat violence on their debut Ancient Brewing Tactics all in the name of almighty beer. It’s a supercharged juggernaut slam full of all star guests so make sure to check this one out – they’ve also included some pairings, nice guys. Just in time to extinguish the light from everything are two beasts of blackened doom and noise; Primitive Man and Unearthly Trance offer up a Split release that will leave indelible marks on any and all souls who dare to listen (over the top? nah). Black Tusk return with an all-guns-blazing attack of swampheavypunkmetal on T.C.B.T. and Cemetery Urn continue their reign of savage death metal on Barbaric Retribution.

As usual, we are far from done with what this week has to offer so head directly below to get your fill. Continue reading

CANTO: Voivod, Paradise Lost, Opeth and more!

voivod

It’s not coming home. Oh well.

Hey, it’s our third day in a row of Canto! If we get to five, Corey has to buy a Justin Bieber album! If we don’t, he has to eat a shoe! Here’s your metal news:

  • Leading off, Voivod announced its 14th studio album, The Wake. The album will arrive September 21st on Century Media, two years after the mini album, Post Society and more than five after its last full-length, Target Earth. Get excited, y’all!
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Initial Descent: June 3 – 9, 2018

YOB
YOB

Another week full of stuff, things, happenings and more stuff. Whatever. But now, a fresh start in the form of new releases and even though the massive quantity of recent weeks has waned a bit, quality takes a front seat. So, what’s up this week?

Oregon’s (and the world for that matter) favorite doom sons, YOB, return with their eighth full length Our Raw Heart and in case you’ve somehow missed it to this point, this is some of their most heart wrenching yet fully realized work to date. Yea, I said it. Feel free to have your own opinion. Nearly as massive but on the death metal front is Tomb Mold with their second full length Manor of Infinite Forms which rides even higher than their debut — is it possible? Yes…and again, insert opinion here. Moving right along with Lago, a band I discovered and developed a huge affinity for back in 2014, return with their second full length Sea of Duress and honestly I didn’t expect this much death metal maturity but I’m fully engrossed once again and happier than a pig in sh…you get the idea. Last up in the opening slots this week is Zeal & Ardor with their amazing combination of black metal and spirtuals with Stranger Fruit and this is where you’ll find something way different from the norm yet something to completely lose yourself in — love this band. We’ve had an already massive showing but as usual there is soooo much more. Stick around as long as you like and by all means, leave those opinions in the comments section below.  Continue reading

Album Review: Yob – “Our Raw Heart”

YOB - Our Raw Heart

We count time in moments, not minutes.  Minutes are an easy subdivision, a common agreement to note the objective passage of time.  But we never objectively pass time: our “time” is made up of moments that can feel like a second or a lifetime.  A minute is nothing without the events that fill it, and those events can warp and distort our perception of time in the best and worst ways.  All of which goes to say that what for us may feel like about four years since Oregon titans of doom Yob released an album, it can never match or compare to how long it must have felt for Mike Scheidt and company to release Our Raw Heart, a piercing catharsis that seeks to make sense of the tumultuous events of Scheidt’s recent past, and not coincidentally some of their best work to date.   Continue reading

The Nine Circles Audio Thing: YOB’s Aaron Rieseberg on “Our Raw Heart,” defeating adversity and more!

YOB
YOB – photo courtesy of  Jimmy Hubbard

It will come as no surprise to anyone reading this that YOB‘s upcoming eighth full length, Our Raw Heart, is superb. If the band is anything, it’s reliable — album after album. After going through a near-fatal bout of diverticulitis, frontman Mike Scheidt knuckled down to piece together what would become the bones of this album with a vigor that shocked everyone. Once able to share his ideas with drummer Travis Foster and bassist Aaron Rieseberg, the unspoken chemistry ignited.  Continue reading